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Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

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Today will be dry, fine and warm, with lengthy sunny spells.

It'll remain dry and clear overnight with some cloud moving in from the coast:

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Tonight's 'clap for carers' should be the last - Organiser

Tonight's weekly applause for front-line workers tackling the coronavirus outbreak should be the last, the woman behind it has said.

People clapping in Harrogate
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It would be "beautiful" to end Clap for Carers after its 10th week, and make it an annual event, Annemarie Plas said.

She said the public had "shown our appreciation" and it was now up to ministers to "reward" key workers.

The event originally began as a one-off to support NHS staff on 26 March - three days after the UK went into lockdown.

However, after proving very popular, it was expanded to cover all key workers and has continued every Thursday at 20:00, with people peering out of their windows or standing on their doorsteps to show their appreciation by clapping, cheering, banging saucepans and playing instruments.

Stations rebranded in commercial radio network shake up

Radio stations across Yorkshire are to be rebranded in a move which will create "the largest commercial radio network in the UK", a media company has announced.

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Yorkshire Coast Radio, Dearne FM, and Minster FM are just some of the stations that will be rebranded as Greatest Hits Radio from September.

It follows Bauer Media buying stations owned by Lincs FM, Celador Radio and UKRD last year.

The media giant says it will now be "providing the highest listening hours of any commercial radio brand".

As part of the changes, some job roles will be "put into consultation" as some locally-made shows will stop and others produced across the county.

Dearne FM, Trax FM, Ridings FM and Rother FM will also become Greatest Hits Radio, as will Minster FM, Stray FM and Yorkshire Coast Radio.

KCFM will also become Greatest Hits Radio after a licensing agreement with their owners.

Dee Ford, from Bauer Radio, said: "Expanding the Hits Radio Brand Network will ensure listeners to these acquired stations benefit from multi-platform digital distribution meaning they can continue to broadcast in an increasingly competitive, digital and voice-activated world.

"This ensures the provision of local news and information, traffic and travel as well as access for advertisers to highly valued audiences.

"These changes do unfortunately mean that some roles will be put into consultation and freelance contracts reviewed."

Yorkshire Halfords stores to reopen as lockdown eased

Several Halfords stores in Yorkshire are among 53 of the firm's outlets across the country to reopen as its bosses say there's been a surge in bike sales as coronavirus lockdown rules are eased.

Halfords sign
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The bike and motoring stores - in Doncaster, Sheffield, Huddersfield, Wakefield and York - will allow a limited number of shoppers through their doors under a model described as "retail lite".

Halfords has been allowed to remain open throughout the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, classed as an "essential" business, but many of its stores have not been open for browsing.

The decision comes a day after the government said most non-essential retailers could reopen from 15 June.

Halfords said: "There's no timetable or deadline for doing so and the pace will instead be dictated entirely by the company's confidence it can keep its colleagues and customers safe."

The firm's chief executive, Graham Stapleton, said: "There's been a big surge in demand for our bike products and services as people have taken to cycling during the lockdown.

"We're anticipating a similar demand for our motoring products and services in the coming days, as people begin to use vehicles again that in some cases will have been off the road for many weeks."

Consultation on West Yorkshire devolution deal begins

An eight-week public consultation on a proposed devolution deal for West Yorkshire has begun.

Councillors Shabir Pandor, Denise Jeffery, Judith Blake and Tim Swift, (front row, left to right) Susan Hinchcliffe, Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Simon Clarke MP after the signing of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority devolution,
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The deal would see an elected mayor for the region in place by May 2021 with powers over areas including transport and housing and access to more than £1.8bn in funding.

People who live, work or spend time in West Yorkshire are all encouraged to take part in the consultation, which runs until 19 July.

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will start off with mostly cloudy skies but the cloud will push away south as the day progresses.

It will be a dry day throughout, but feeling cooler than yesterday.

It will remain dry tonight. There will be clear skies throughout, these allow for some patchy fog or mist to form in places.

It will be a cooler night with light winds:

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Tory MP criticises Dominic Cummings

Craig Whittaker MP
UK Parliament

A Conservative MP has described Dominic Cummings position as “untenable”

The PM's chief adviser is facing calls to quit amid claims he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling to North East England from his London home.

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In a tweet, Craig Whittaker, who represents the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, said although he was sure Mr Cummings took the decision in the best interests of his family. “You cannot advise the nation one thing then do the opposite.”

'Lucky' hedgehog saved from cricket net tangle

A hedgehog has been rescued after getting tangled in netting at a cricket pavilion in Wakefield.

Tangled hedgehog

The "lucky hog" was spotted by a dog called Keith on a walk with his owners in Wrenthorpe last Friday, according to the RSPCA

Inspector Kris Walker, from the animal charity, said: "This hog was in big trouble when Keith sniffed him out. His feet were only just touching the floor and he had absolutely no way of freeing himself.

"He was lucky that Keith - and his owners - came across him when they did."

They called the RSPCA and Inspector Waker went straight out to help.

"I was able to get him out of the net and thankfully he wasn’t injured so he was able to be released straight away," he said.

“Quite often with incidents like this the animal has tried so hard to free themselves they’re badly hurt, sometimes even fatally so.

“We urge everyone to put sports equipment like this away when it’s not in use and dispose of old netting responsibly by cutting it up to make it safe."

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

Today will be bright with sunny spells and very windy.

A few scattered, blustery showers may drift in from the west at times, some of which may turn heavy.

Tonight, it will remain windy with clear spells and some further scattered showers.

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Super League eyes August restart

Dave Woods

BBC Rugby League correspondent

Super League clubs have drawn up plans for the possible return of top-flight action by mid-August.

Castleford Tigers
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The restart will affect Yorkshire teams such as Castleford Tigers, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Hull Kingston Rovers, Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity.

The plans, seen by BBC Sport, will be put to the Rugby Football League board of directors next week.

Three models for fixtures have been put forward which would see the season end in a Grand Final on either 28 November, 12 December or mid-January 2021.

No Super League games have been played since 15 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The document, which describes 1 October as the "most optimistic in front of crowds date" that can be planned for, underlines that any restart would be subject to government approval and a commitment to all medical protocols.

People in Wakefield told 'wear face masks, protect others'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

People in Wakefield are being urged to wear a face mask in public wherever possible, with the district’s public health team backing the government in advising the measure.

Woman in face mask
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They say the precaution should be used in shops and on public transport if possible as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

However, Wakefield’s director of public health, Anna Hartley, adds that babies, toddlers and people with breathing problems shouldn't be made to wear a mask or have their faces covered.

Ms Hartley says: "By wearing a face covering you are helping to protect others and controlling the spread of the coronavirus.

"Face coverings can simply be a scarf or bandana, or if you feel creative you can make your own out of old T-shirts or fabric.

"The key thing is that whatever you use covers both your mouth and nose and enables you to breathe safely," she adds.

Those who either can’t or choose not to wear a mask are still being advised to wash their hands regularly with soap and hot water.

Six arrested as police seize drugs and guns

Six men have been arrested after suspected Class A drugs, firearms, ammunition and a knife were seized from cars and a property in West Yorkshire.

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A pistol and ammunition was found in a Skoda stopped on Cannon Street, in Castleford, on Monday while later the same day a knife was found in a Golf stopped on Chantry Bridge, Wakefield, say police.

Two men in the Skoda, aged 35 and 23, were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A further two men, aged 43 and 29, were arrested from the Golf on suspicion of possession of a firearm and an offensive weapon.

Officers say a handgun, ammunition and suspected Class A drugs were seized later, during a second operation at a house on Bradford Road, Morley.

A 51-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

A sixth man, aged 20, was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm and possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

West Yorkshire councils warn over reopening schools

Two West Yorkshire councils have warned about the risks of reopening schools in the county too soon after they were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The government wants primary schools to restart in a phased way from 1 June, but Calderdale Council leader Tim Swift says he has concerns.

"We don't think there is evidence the rate of infection is falling rapidly enough, and we are particularly concerned about our access to testing," says Mr Swift.

"The clear advice from our public health and other professionals is the risk at this stage in opening the schools is that it will encourage more transmission of the disease and lead to an increase in levels of the virus in the community."

Meanwhile, the leader of Wakefield Council is calling on the government to "step away" from the proposed opening date.

Denise Jeffery said: "The safety of our children, their families, teachers and staff has to be, and will be, our top priority.

"We need to give schools more time so they are prepared as possible to help keep everyone safe. Reopening on 1 June is too soon."

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has previously said the government's approach was based on the "best scientific advice, with children at the very heart of everything we do".

Yorkshire's Tuesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

It could be a damp start to the day for some with some patchy rain in places, but it should quickly clear to leave it largely dry and cloudy, with the possibility of some brighter spells later.

Tonight will be mild, dry and clear, with variable cloud and light winds:

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Barbara Hepworth workshop gets listed status

A workshop used by Wakefield's Dame Barbara Hepworth has been granted Grade II-listed status, Historic England says.

The Palais de Danse, St Ives

The Palais de Danse, a former cinema and dance hall she bought in 1961, was the sculptor's biggest work space in her adopted hometown of St Ives.

She used the space, which was opposite her home, to create prototypes of major commissions, often cast in bronze.

The announcement comes in the week marking the 45th anniversary of Hepworth's death in 1975, aged 72.

The artist, who grew up in Wakefield, lived in Trewyn Studios in St Ives from 1949 until her death, caused by a fire, on 20 May 1975.

West Yorkshire key workers 'could be stranded'

Limiting passenger numbers on trains and buses could see people, including key workers, left at bus stops, a transport director has said.

Train at Leeds Station
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The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been warned the public transport network faces a "painful couple of weeks" as more people return to work following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Dave Pearson, director of transport services, said the number of services provided by Northern would rise from 45% of normal to 63% from today and bus numbers would increase from 50% of normal services to 70 or 80% in early June.

Mr Pearson said: "That creates challenges and real risks that people could be left at bus stops or at rail stations."

Meanwhile, the government has said people traveling on trains should wear a face covering if possible, a request backed by train companies LNER, Northern and Transpennine.

Northern says there'll be extra services on some of its routes, but capacity will be down to help people stay socially distanced.

And from 11:00 this morning all customers using trains run by York-based LNER must have a reservation to travel.

Hundreds of police incidents in Dales as lockdown eased

Police were called out to hundreds of incidents in the Yorkshire Dales at the weekend as people took advantage of the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

smelt mill ruins
North Yorkshire Police

In one instance police were called to an area near Surrender Bridge, off the Langthwaite and Feetham Road, after a group of wild campers were spotted.

Police said they found four men and four women, all in the mid-20s, who had travelled from six different households in West Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire's Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan told BBC Radio York that by 17:00 on Saturday "360 incidents required a police presence".

"It's been pretty bad in Masham, Pateley Bridge, on the coast, Bolton Abbey and at Fewston reservoir," she said.

"There were people this weekend who were not sensible, people who deliberately organised mass gatherings and that is not helpful at all."

HS2 'badly off course' with bosses 'blindsided', MPs say

Leaders of the HS2 rail project have been "blindsided by contact with reality", a report by MPs has found.

HS2 trains

The Public Accounts Committee accused HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport (DfT) of lacking transparency and undermining public confidence.

The committee's report said HS2 was "badly off course" and urged the government to regularly update Parliament with "accurate" information.

The DfT said the project has been "comprehensively reset".

'Think twice, don't travel, stay home' during lockdown

Welcome to Yorkshire, the region's tourism body, has said its message remains "think twice, don't travel, stay home."

Chief executive James Mason said the county is always welcoming to visitors but safety has to come first.

Yorkshire Dales
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Most facilities in the county's coastal beauty spots remain closed or limited, though car parks and toilets in the national parks have reopened.

The Yorkshire Dales introduced a traffic light system to let visitors know how busy car parks were in 10 different locations on Saturday and by the afternoon its car park at Malham, which has 140 spaces, was full and others were filling up fast.

Mr Mason said: "To prevent another spike what we don't want is a massive influx of people going to our rural towns or villages or the coast.

"Think twice, don't travel, stay home."

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Hundreds of NHS staff off work due to Covid-19

Local Democracy Reporting Service

About 600 staff at a hospital trust remain off work due to coronavirus, it has said.

The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals in West Yorkshire, said the figure represents about 7% of its total workforce.

Pinderfields Hospital

The trust’s chief executive, Martin Barkley, said the impact on patient care had been mitigated by coronavirus cases not reaching the peak that was expected and the drop in patient numbers in other hospital departments.

He said: “Some of those who are off are at home, shielded because of family members, or households who have it.

"In many ways however, it’s not had the impact that might have been expected because we’ve had to completely change the way our hospitals operate."

He also paid tribute to the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of the trust's staff.

£500,000 motorway seizure of suspected Class A drugs

Drugs with an estimated street value of more than £500,000 have been seized by police after a van was stopped on the A1(M).


A search of the van, which was stopped at 10:00 yesterday, found 7kg of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of £560,000, say police.

A man is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court today charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

Det Supt Carl Galvin said: “This was a significant seizure of suspected Class A drugs which could have caused real harm to people in our communities."

'Magnificent response' to Yorkshire Cricket 20% pay cut

The Chief Executive of Yorkshire Cricket has praised the reaction of players and staff to being asked to accept a 20% salary reduction from next month, to help the club get through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground
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The reductions are based on salary, with higher earners taking a bigger cut.

It follows a large number of staff being furloughed at the start of April.

Mark Arthur, the club's Chief Executive, says: "Nobody likes to ask people to take a deduction in salary but they understand that we've done everything else to reduce our costs.

"Now, because this pandemic is going to go on for quite some time we have to ask people to make salary sacrifices.

"I must say the response has been magnificent," he added.

Yorkshire's Friday weather forecast

BBC Weather

A dry day with a cloudy start which will give way to later sunny spells.

Dry conditions are expected to continue throughout a mild, clear night, which will turn cloudy later:

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Yorkshire's Wednesday weather forecast

BBC Weather

Today will be dry with sunny spells, scattered cloud at first and feeling chilly for this time of year.

There'll be plenty of blue skies this evening, with the night staying dry and clear:

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Dales authority reopens car parks 'under protest'

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has criticised Boris Johnson's statement that people can drive to outdoor spaces for exercise, irrespective of distance.

The Dales
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The authority's chief executive, David Butterworth, said: "This is not the approach we are taking."

He added that he wanted people to remain in their local area, to avoid unnecessary travel.

But he said, as a public body, the authority was expected to deliver the government's message, so it would reopen authority-run car parks and try to reopen the toilets as soon as possible.

Mr Butterworth said: “Our message to visitors and residents over the next few weeks is around respect”.

The authority says it wants people to respect the land, the community, and each other by socially distancing.

Concerns grow over 'streetwise' boy missing from home

Concern is growing for the welfare of a 14-year-old boy described as "street-wise" who has been missing from his home in Wakefield for more than a week.

Denzel Muduma
West Yorkshire Police

Denzel Muduma (pictured), was reported missing on Monday 4 May.

He's described as slim and about 5ft 9ins tall and when last seen he was wearing a black tracksuit, black trainers and a grey body warmer.

Det Ch Insp Andy Farrell said: “While Denzel is known to be quite streetwise for a 14-year-old boy, we are concerned he has not been seen now for more than a week.

"He has many links to Bradford and we believe it's likely he's staying with friends somewhere in the city, possibly in the Holmewood or Bierley areas."

Police say anyone allowing the missing teenager to stay with them could be committing a criminal offence and are urging people with information about his whereabouts to contact them.

Car stopped on motorway had £500,000 hidden in it

About £500,000 in cash has been found in a car which was stopped by West Yorkshire Police on the M6 motorway.

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The driver, a 39-year-old man from Halifax, was arrested on suspicion of money laundering and concealing criminal property after the find on the M6 in Cumbria on 7 May, say police.

He's since been released while an investigation takes place.

Ramona Senior, from West Yorkshire Police's Economic Crime Unit, said "This arrest was intelligence-led and part of the force's Programme Precision, which looks to tackle serious and organised crime.”

West Yorkshire kids tackle lockdown sporting challenge

Children who aren't at school in West Yorkshire due to the coronavirus lockdown are being encouraged to take part in a PE challenge to keep them active.

A boy throws socks
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Huddersfield-based Sporting Age has devised a series of challenges using everyday objects in a bid to get kids moving.

Primary school children have already been teaching themselves PE using items like rolled up bath towels, balls of socks and tins of beans.

The Stay At Home Challenge sees children tackle three different skills tests, including a speed bounce, a target throw and a fast feet challenge.

Their results can then be entered online giving each child a "sporting age" score.

Shaun Fox, from Sporting Age, said: "Lots of parents will be feeling the pressure of home schooling and wanting something to help. We’ve created simple videos that demonstrate exactly what to do to set everything up for the challenge.

"At the end of the challenge, the children will get their results so they can see for themselves the progress they have made."

A girl jumps over a towel
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Yorkshire home builder restarts construction sites

A Yorkshire-based house building company is to resume working on its sites across the region from today.

Harron Homes development
Harron Homes

Harron Homes, which has its headquarters in Leeds, had closed all its developments in April to protect staff and customers following the coronavirus outbreak.

Construction work has started up again after a number of safety precautions were introduced, including distancing and enhanced personal protection equipment, the firm says.

Analysis: 'More questions' following PM's announcement

James Vincent

Political Editor, BBC Look North

Following the PM's address to the nation last night, family video calls this evening are going to be interesting...

A family on a video call
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Who can meet who? Where? And if only one grandparent gets to say hello to their grandson - who gets first dibs?

The crucial information people are asking for today will come out in stages.

The government’s plan is due at 14:00 today, then Boris Johnson speaks in the House of Commons a little while after.

Unions in Yorkshire have criticised the lack of detail, saying no one should feel like they’re being forced back to work.

People will be encouraged back to work on Wednesday if they can’t work from home, but employers are only getting guidance on how to do that tomorrow.

The confusion of who can see who is filling a lot of WhatsApp chats at the moment.

You get the impression the government press conference later will have more questions than a family Zoom quiz.

New rules 'impossible to enforce' - Police Federation

Policing during the coronavirus outbreak will be "impossible" following the government's introduction of adapted rules, the chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation has said.

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In his address on Sunday, the prime minister said people who could not work from home - including those in the manufacturing and construction industries - should return to the workplace from Wednesday, but avoid public transport.

People will also be allowed to take unlimited amounts of outdoor exercise, sit or sunbathe in parks and play sports with household members from Wednesday, he added.

Reacting to the announcement, Brian Booth, the chairman of the Police Federation in West Yorkshire, which represents rank-and-file police officers, said: "Policing Covid-19 has become impossible after today.

"My colleagues cannot engage, explain, encourage or enforce such woolly rules," he added.

Asked about the new advice on BBC Breakfast this morning, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab urged people to "use some common sense".

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